The Celtics made one of their first free agent agreements of the offseason official on Saturday morning, announcing that Aron Baynes will return to the team on a two-year deal. League sources indicate the contract will be worth just under $11 million and the second year of the deal will be a player option.
Baynes, 31, started in 67 of his 81 games played last year in Boston. He averaging 6.0 points (47.1% FG, 75.6% FT) and 5.4 rebounds in 18.3 minutes while anchoring the NBA's best defense.
“Aron was a big part of our success this past year and we’re thrilled to have him back,” said Danny Ainge. “He’s a great teammate and an anchor to our defense. The energy and passion that he brings to the table are contagious.”
The signing gives the Celtics 14 players on the active roster with Marcus Smart still looming as a restricted free agent. Brad Wanamaker and Robert Williams also signed their deals with the team during the past week and will take the roster spots that previously went to Shane Larkin and Greg Monroe respectively.
For more analysis on the Baynes signing, you can check out these posts from last week.